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: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i rise today to bring attention a critically important piece of legislation that the senate has passed and that the house needs to pass immediately. it passed the senate with bipartisan support. there are those on both sides of the aisle in the house of representatives that support passing it and i'm here to urge in the strongest terms possible that the speaker bring this bill up before the house and get it passed. now, many people, because of my speaking in the past, may be i'm referring to the farm bill, which i also believe we need to have the house take up and pass, because of our bipartisan work, but i actually after referring today to the fact that we have only 27 days until we go over the fiscal cliff, or for middle-class families, what this means is 27 days before their taxes go up on average $2,200. so what we're talking about is the fact that we passed a bil bill -- we didn't just pass a bill. we passed a bill in july, july 25 of this year, the sen
. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. levin: the discharge petition frames the issue immediately before us. where republicans take america over the cliff and the middle class tax cuts with them. in order to protect tax breaks for the very wealthy. and will they take the economy with them over the cliff? the fiscal cliff confronting us threatens an economic mess, half of which could be resolved in one fell swoop by passing the middle class tax cuts. the senate has already acted, the president is waiting to sign it. republicans should join with democrats and give 98% of americans and 97% of small businesses the certainty that they won't face a tax increase on january 1. colleagues, republicans as well as democrats, sign now, the signal that america needs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? without objecti
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